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Ira Mayo

Female Clients Continue To Cause Trouble for Attorney

Isaac Avilucea | September 2, 2014

Earlier this summer, Torrington attorney Ira Mayo made headlines when he was hit with an unusual punishment: he could never again represent female clients.

Fraternities Fight Back With Lawsuits Against Colleges

By Jay Stapleton |

The lurid scenes of rowdy fraternity brothers binge-drinking, destroying property and seducing underage girls turned "Animal House" into an instant cult classic. That was 1978. Since then, too many toga parties, hazing incidents, sex-assault scandals and alcohol-related deaths have led to arrests and negligence lawsuits.

Donald Philips

New Bar Foundation Leader Seeks to Stabilize Revenue

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Incoming Connecticut Bar Foundation executive director Donald Philips said the contacts he's made managing political campaigns and lobbying state lawmakers will be helpful in advancing the foundation's goals.

Shoe Store Wage Dispute Results in $2.9 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

National discount shoe retailer Payless Shoesource has agreed to pay $2.9 million to a group of store managers who claim they were misclassified as managers and as a result denied overtime pay.


Norm Pattis: State Should Consider Drastic Reductions to Criminal Sentences

By Norm Pattis |

Gov. Dannel Malloy is calling for reform of some of the state's draconian sentencing laws, proposing that mere drug possession be a misdemeanor, and calling for the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses.

Paul Knierim

Probate Leaders Say Court Fees Could Skyrocket If State Cuts Budget

By Christian Nolan |

When Gov. Dannel Malloy's two-year, $40 billion budget proposal was recently released, funding for the state's probate court system was conspicuously absent.

Conn. Supreme Court Overturns 100-Year Sentence in Juvenile Case

By Associated Press |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned a 100-year prison sentence that was imposed on a Hartford teenager in a murder case, saying juveniles cannot be treated the same as adults when being sentenced for violent crimes.

Patricia King: Lawyers Who Fail to Send Invoices Invite Grievances

By Patricia King |

Greetings from the private sector. Many of you knew me from the 11 years I spent in the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel. I became the head of the office in July 2013 and retired as of Feb. 1. I am now back to being just another lawyer, staffing the New Haven office of Geraghty & Bonnano.

Former State Supreme Court Justice Dies; Known as ADR 'Trailblazer'

By Jay Stapleton |

Retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Angelo Santaniello, who wrote more than 100 majority opinions during his nine years on the high court, has passed away at the age of 90.

Howard Altschuler, center, with his clients Domenic and Cathy D’Attilos, in front of the New Haven courthouse Feb. 23. They attended a hearing before Judge Matthew Frechette, who is deciding whether a one-sentence provision in their retainer agreement will send their 16-count claim to arbitration, or whether they can proceed in court.

Koskoff, Day Pitney Seek Arbitration in Major Legal Malpractice Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Legal malpractice defense lawyers have been working to keep the renowned plaintiffs personal injury firm of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder from having to defend itself in a public courtroom before a judge or jury.

Editorial: Conn. Lawmakers Must Address Drone Proliferation

The Connecticut General Assembly must get out ahead of the problems inherent in the uncontrolled use of drones.

Karen DeMeola

CBA to Break Barrier, As Biracial Officer Is In Line for Presidency

By Jay Stapleton |

At one point last year, the Connecticut Bar Association was put on the spot for not having enough people of color in leadership roles. One undeniable point of criticism was that the 9,000-member bar organization had never had a nonwhite president.

Brutal Baseball Bat Attack Results in $113,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was assaulted by his girlfriend's stepfather with a baseball bat has been awarded more than $113,000.

Conn. Contractor Pleads Guilty to Sharing Jet Information With Iran

By Associated Press |

A former defense contractor accused of sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there has pleaded guilty in federal court in Hartford.

Conn. Plaintiff Tries to Buck Trend in Mechanical Bull Lawsuit

By Karen Ali |

The Southington restaurant is called the Cadillac Ranch. But the preferred ride doesn't have four wheels.

Husband's Will Leaves Wife $5, Setting Off Court Battle

By Christian Nolan |

When Kathleen Dix's husband died, he left her just $5 in the will. That small sum set off a long-running court battle. Most recently, Dix was unable to convince a Superior Court judge that the statute allowing such a small inheritance for a spouse was unconstitutional.

Conn. Product Liability Attorneys Jump to National Firm

By Staff Reports |

Two product liability attorneys who recently won a high-profile case have joined the Connecticut office of Gordon & Rees as partners.

Snowy Weather Has Firms Implementing Work-From-Home Policies

By Jay Stapleton |

Work-disrupting storms have become such frequent events this winter that many Connecticut lawyers have begun planning client meetings around the icy weather.

Bar Groups Track Right-To-Die Legislation, Other Bills

By Jay Stapleton |

The legislative Judiciary Committee has plenty of high-profile issues before it this session, including proposals addressing juvenile justice, domestic violence prevention and foreclosure mediation.

Big Conn. Firms Name New Partners, Shareholders

By Paul Sussman |

The national firm of Dickstein Shapiro has expanded its corporate and finance practice by hiring Gloria Skigen to be a partner in the firm's Stamford office.


Mark Dubois: Lawyers, Like Anglers, Must Find New Niche

By Mark Dubois |

As I write this, I am sitting in Provincetown. The sun has just come out after a hellacious 24-hour nor'easter, which dumped more snow here, where two inches is a huge storm, than I have often seen in Vermont, where they measure it in yards instead of inches.

Well-Known Hartford Lawyer, Law Book Author Passes Away

By Staff Report |

A Hartford lawyer known as a partner in one of the country's oldest law firms and as co-author of two well-respected legal texts has passed away.

Concerns Grow Over Conn. Jurors With Limited English Skills

By Christian Nolan |

With an increasingly diverse population that includes more people who speak English as their second language, many trial lawyers and judges face a new dilemma when picking a jury.

Colt Executives Settle Multimillion-Dollar Employment Suit

By Christian Nolan |

Two former top executives for Colt's Manufacturing Co. have settled their multimillion-dollar wrongful termination claims against their former employer in a case that hinged on the validity of secretly drafted severance agreements.

Big Conn. Firms Name New Partners, Shareholders

By Paul Sussman |

The national firm of Dickstein Shapiro has expanded its corporate and finance practice by hiring Gloria Skigen to be a partner in the firm's Stamford office.


Norm Pattis: It's Not Jurors' Job to Hold Defendants Accountable

By Norm Pattis |

Now that we've abolished the death penalty in Connecticut, at least insofar as future cases are concerned, the fate of those currently on death row being much at issue, there is really no cause for jurors ever lawfully to consider the consequences of a guilty verdict.

Lawyer Who Served Prison Time Again Accused of Theft From Client

By Jay Stapleton |

A former New Britain lawyer who spent 15 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from a law firm where she worked is now accused of stealing $155,000 from a former client.

Stacey Violante Cote, director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Project, and Andre Jackson, coordinator of the project’s new mobile legal office, said the van will allow them to reach more teens with legal problems

Legal Services Van Hits the Streets For Homeless Teens

By Karen Ali |

As an advocate for the many legal issues facing homeless teens, Stacey Violante Cote has had her own share of challenges.

Wesley Horton and Robert Reardon

Judge Criticizes Attorney’s Ethics in Personal Injury Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Prominent New London trial lawyer Robert Reardon has won millions of dollars in personal injury cases. But now, in a harshly worded, 75-page opinion, a longtime jurist is questioning Reardon's credibility, integrity and fitness to practice law.

Editorial: Conn. Pays Too Much to Incarcerate Drug Offenders

An excellent study of Connecticut's costly prison system released last year by the Malta-Justice Initative shows the staggering costs, waste and futility of mass incarceration of non-violent offenders.

Jennifer Celentano

In Same-Sex Split, Judge Creates a New Legal Route to Parenthood

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Until late last year, Connecticut's case law recognized only four ways of becoming a parent—conception, adoption, artificial insemination and surrogacy contracts.

Stephen Fitzgerald

Pilot Wins $400,000 After Ex-Employer Badmouthed Him to Another Airline

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld a $407,000 damages award to a Connecticut aviator who claimed his former employer maliciously prevented him from getting a job with another airline.

Cabbie Loses ADA Suit After Refusing Ride to Service Dog

By Jay Stapleton |

As a taxi driver recently learned, being afraid of dogs is not a legally valid excuse for refusing to pick up a disabled person with a service animal.

Probate Court Workers Demand Recognition As State Employees


Probate court workers are demanding to be recognized as state employees, hoping to change state law that denies the approximately 300 workers benefits similar to what tens of thousands of others at Connecticut agencies receive.

Fred Ury

Lawyers Propose New, Streamlined Plan for MCLE

By Jay Stapleton |

To get around opposition that has focused on the cost of CLE, the new proposal to the Rules Committee would allow attorneys to satisfy the hours requirement by self-study, or through national providers.

Chief Justice Opposes Governor's Judiciary Proposal

By Jay Stapleton |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 calls for eliminating the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch, which would move juvenile services to DCF and other functions such as adult probation to the Department of Correction.

Guest Commentary: Insurers Are Leaving Patients Priced Out

By Wayne Turner, The National Law Journal |

The Affordable Care Act was designed to prevent health insurers from discriminating against people based on health status, but a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine questions how effective those protections really are.

Woman Hit by Car Settles for $100,000

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was hit by a car while crossing the street in downtown Stamford, has settled her claim against the negligent driver for $100,000 before even having to file a lawsuit.


Norm Pattis: Podcast Confirms a Dismal Truth

By Norm Pattis |

Regulars in the criminal courts develop a certain cynicism. It's a survival instinct, really. We all know the system isn't perfect.

Editorial: Firms Should Continue to Fight Proposed Tax Law Change

Law firms, accounting firms and most other personal service businesses typically use the simple cash method of accounting for tax purposes, pursuant to which income is not recognized until payment for the services rendered is actually received.

Richard Harris

Data Breaches Bring Business to Cybersecurity Practices

By Jay Stapleton |

At this moment, hackers are looking for a chance to steal sensitive and classified information from a computer near you. Maybe even your information.

Chabad-Lubavitch Community Center

Panel Asks for Supreme Court Review of Synagogue's Lawsuit

By Jay Stapleton |

A historic district being sued by a Litchfield Jewish organization for rejecting plans for a synagogue and community center has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the lawsuit.

Dove A.E. Burns

2015 and the Employer Health Care Mandate

By Dove A.E. Burns |

Employers are finding themselves stuck with a holiday gift they can't return: increased responsibility for providing insurance to employees. As of Jan. 1, employers with more than 100 full-time employees are required to provide health insurance to their workforce.

Newtown Families Ask Judge to Return Lawsuit Against Gun Manufacturer to State Court

By Jay Stapleton |

A legal battle is brewing over the venue for a lawsuit that was filed on behalf of nine children and adults who were killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting.

Marisa Halm

Lawmakers Push for Reduced Use of Shackles on Juveniles

By Christian Nolan |

The vast majority of juveniles appearing in court in Connecticut are being forced to do so in shackles, whether it be handcuffs, leg irons or belly chains.

Injured Woman Awarded $90,000 From Trucker

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was injured in an accident on Interstate 84 after colliding with a tractor-trailer was recently awarded more than $90,000 by a judge.


Mark Dubois: Someday a Robot Might Write Your Briefs

By Mark Dubois |

I read an interesting article the other day concerning a reporter's attempts to determine whether the person who had called him about some sort of a sales offer was a human or a computer.

Editorial: Land-Use Policies Jeopardize Busway Success

The Hartford-to-New Britain 9.4-mile CT fastrak busway is about to commence operation and it is already heading off in the wrong direction.


Recent Connecticut Supreme Court Decisions Impact Uninsured Motorist and Surety Laws

By Sandra L. Snaden and Michael F. Lettiero |

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently issued two important decisions affecting commonly litigated aspects of insurance coverage.

Rachel Snow Kindseth

Court Sides With Policyholders in Complex Case

By Rachel Snow Kindseth |

A 2014 New Jersey Appellate Court decision, addressing pro rata allocation obligations among the policyholder and multiple insurers, made at least three significant rulings favorable to policyholders.

Michael P. Thompson

An Exhausting Question for Insurers

By Michael P. Thompson |

Excess insurance policies are typically written so that excess coverage is triggered only by "exhaustion" of specified underlying insurance. The questions of how and when an underlying policy is "exhausted," thereby triggering an excess carrier's duty to defend, are commonly litigated issues.


Limits on Duty to Defend Under Conn. Law

By Joseph J. Blyskal and Greil Roberts |

Assessing whether the duty to defend terminates on policy exhaustion can become a complex analysis when a claim involves multiple plaintiffs and exposure unquestionably exceeds the policy limits, yet the insured desires a continuing defense.


Getting Schooled by Sandy and Irene

By Regen O'Malley and Steven Zakrzewski |

It is a simple premise, but many insurance coverage disputes, perhaps even a majority of them, could be completely avoided if policyholders would take the time to read their insurance policies. With winter storms upon us, now might be a good time.


Finding the Right Cyberrisk Insurance

By William Goddard and Benjamin Nissim |

Cyberrisk coverage is the concern of the day. The reasons are obvious. Cybersecurity incidents are frequent and enormously costly. A 2014 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP report reveals three of four businesses responding to its U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey detected a security event in the past 12 months.

Cristina M. Lopez

Pollution Policies May Provide Unexpected Coverage

By Cristina M. Lopez |

Insurers have had no problem arguing that almost anything can be a pollutant when seeking to disclaim coverage on the basis of the "absolute pollution exclusion" contained in general liability policies. However, they do not take such an expansive view of what constitutes a pollutant under a pollution liability policy.

Thomas C. Blatchley

No Coverage for Period When Policy Has Lapsed

By Thomas C. Blatchley |

In a case of first impression, the Connecticut Appellate Court recently held that when an insurance policy has been canceled for premium nonpayment, and the insured seeks to reinstate that policy, the insurer may reinstate coverage effective only for future losses.

Michael McCormack

Insurer's Replacement Obligations Aren't Black and White

By Michael McCormack |

The storms that have hit New England during the past few weeks serve as another reminder of the potential for property insurance claims arising from damage to homes and commercial business properties caused by weather-related events.

Susan Omilian

Lawyer Finds Calling Counseling Domestic Violence Victims

By Karen Ali |

Susan Omilian's life changed in 1999. Until that point, she had been a successful lawyer, working at a legal aid agency in Michigan and then for an advocacy group in Connecticut.

James Roberston, Fatima Lahnin,  John Horvack, Jennifer Peschell

With Interest, IP Verdict for Waterbury Company Approaches $65 Million

By Christian Nolan |

Last month, a U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut awarded a Waterbury business $27 million in punitive damages, the largest punitive damages award in Connecticut history, according to the plaintiff's lawyers.

Ralph Crozier

Attorney Sentenced to 30 Months for Money Laundering

By Jay Stapleton |

In the end, the letters sent to the federal judge from other lawyers and former clients extolling Ralph Crozier's legal skills couldn't keep him out of prison.

Doctor Accused of Video Voyeurism Appeals $2M Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A heart surgeon who secretly placed video cameras in his ex-lover's home is challenging a jury's 2012 decision to award $2 million to the woman.

Attorney Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Money Laundering


A Seymour lawyer has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for conspiring to launder $30,000 in illegal drug sales proceeds for a former client.


Gideon: Boston Bombing Judge Tramples Fair Trial Rights

By Gideon |

In Boston, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole plows on, adamant in his belief that an impartial jury is possible to seat in the epicenter of the terrorist attack.


Corrected Information: Despite Accusations, Family Courts Aren't Corrupt

By Norm Pattis |

On the rare occasions on which I step into either the family courts or the juvenile courts of this state, I always feel like a stranger in a strange land. The procedures are different. The law is different. I meet different judges and different lawyers.

Convicted Killer Sues Over Right to Practice Islamic Religion

By Associated Press |

A convicted killer has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state of Connecticut, saying he's not allowed to practice his religion in prison.

Lawyer Wants License Back After Three DUI Convictions

By Jay Stapleton |

Guy McDonough will have to pay a $1,000 fine, retake the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and persuade a bar examiners committee that he is fit to resume his practice.

Family Wants To Trademark Name of Slain Newtown Teacher

By Associated Press |

The family of a teacher killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre has applied to trademark her name in an attempt to stop others from misusing it on social media.

Former Gym Teacher Targeted in Multiple Sex Assault Lawsuits

By Jay Stapleton |

Two former students of a Stamford elementary school have filed lawsuits claiming they were sexually abused and assaulted by a gym teacher more than 30 years ago, joining three others who filed earlier lawsuits against the now-retired teacher.

Pilot Settles Excessive Force Suit Against Officer for $130,000

By Christian Nolan |

Timur Andiric v. Josh Kyle: An airline pilot who claims he was injured when a New Haven police officer used excessive force on him at a bar has settled his lawsuit against the officer for $130,000.


Norm Pattis: Despite Accusations, Family Courts Aren't Corrupt

By Norm Pattis |

On the rare occasions on which I step into either the family courts or the juvenile courts of this state, I always feel like a stranger in a strange land. The procedures are different. The law is different. I meet different judges and different lawyers.

Judges Uphold Five-Year Prison Term for Trusts and Estates Lawyer

By Jay Stapleton |

A former Madison lawyer who was accused of stealing $400,000 from his clients to pay his bills, including those for his own wedding, will have to complete a five-year prison sentence, a sentencing review panel has ruled.

Rod Sanjabi

Attorneys Head Conn. Group that Monitors Iran Human Rights Abuses

By Jay Stapleton |

Human rights activists are calling for the release of a Washington Post reporter who has been jailed for more than a year and a half without formal charges or adequate legal representation.

Law Firm, GE Launch Pro Bono Effort to Help Conn. Veterans

By Staff Reports |

Fairfield-based General Electric and Locke Lord Edwards will provide bono services to military veterans, as well as to low-income families in need within Connecticut.

Editorial: Court Approves 'Grand Bargain,' Saves Art Collection

Last summer, the Connecticut Law Tribune published an editorial titled "Is the Art Trove of the City of Detroit Subject to Liquidation to Satisfy the City's Creditors?"

Catherine Bailey

Family Bar Buzzing Over Alimony Ruling

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

A December decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court, Dan v. Dan, held that a sharp increase in income of one ex-spouse, by itself, is not grounds for modifying alimony payments to the other divorced party.

AG's Office Worked Overtime on Billion-Dollar Deal

By Jay Stapleton |

Many weekends over the past two years, several lawyers at the Connecticut Attorney General's Office found themselves working round-the-clock.

Detective Who Didn't Want to Provide DNA Sample Settles Lawsuit

By Associated Press |

Connecticut officials have settled a long-running legal dispute with a state police detective who alleged that management retaliated against him after he refused to give a DNA sample and brought the issue to his union.


Mark Dubois: Survey Reveals Mixed Feelings About Law Schools, Legal Profession

By Mark Dubois |

I came across a fascinating survey done by the Florida Bar the other day. That organization, like its counterpart in Connecticut, has a number of committees exploring such issues as the effects of technology on the practice, whether law schools need to be changed, and whether different approaches to bar admission and legal service delivery should be considered.

Bill Would Take Firearms Away From Alleged Domestic Abusers

By Jay Stapleton |

Keeping guns away from people accused of domestic violence continues to be a priority of Gov. Dannel Malloy and victims' rights groups this legislative session.

Forensic Accounting Considerations in
Med-Mal Litigation

By David H. Glusman and Michael J. Molder |

Medical malpractice claims raise a variety of economic issues. In addition to fully understanding the medical and liability issues involved in the prospective matter, counsel for both the plaintiff and the defendant need to fully explore and document the economic claims.

Laura Pfeiffenberger

Experts as 'Mouthpieces' Are No Experts at All

By Laura M. Pfeiffenberger |

The rise of Daubert challenges to valuation experts has resulted in more than just the exclusions of valuation experts. When an expert is excluded for "subjective belief" and "unsupported speculation" by the court, a closer examination into such commentary made by courts reveals the increasingly problematic trend of experts failing to perform independent analyses (Orthoflex v. Thermotek, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 174670 (Dec. 10, 2013)).

Dan Helming

Skilled Forensic Specialist Can Be Litigation Leader

By Dan Helming |

Though television programs have persuaded the public that forensics work is interesting and even admirable, the reality to the legal community is that the forensics specialist is less an attractive wonk and more a senior strategist, communicator and adviser.

Maximize Your Forensic Accountant's Value

By Kyle Richard and Chandrasekar Venkataraman |

In today's world of increasingly complex financial markets and financial crime, the role of the forensic accountant has evolved with paralleled sophistication. This article outlines the cornerstones of the forensic accountant's duties, and more specifically, aims to provide insight for litigators on how to extract the most value from their engaged forensic accountant.

Dispute Over Evidence Has Rowland Pushing for New Trial

By Associated Press |

A dispute over evidence in the federal campaign finance case against former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland has already led to a monthlong delay in his sentencing and Rowland's lawyers say it should lead to a new trial.

Ryan Veilleux

Contractor Who Broke Ankle at Condo Walks Away With $112,000

By Christian Nolan |

A general contractor who broke his ankle while walking around at a condominium complex won a $149,000 verdict following a bench trial. However, the contractor was judged to be 25 percent at fault, leaving him with $112,000.

Swindler Appeals Conviction, Says Phone Calls Were Illegally Recorded

By Christian Nolan |

A disabled woman who swindled thousands of dollars from an elderly person is arguing that her constitutional rights were violated when police recorded her telephone conversations with the alleged victim.

Commentary: Sandy Hook Lawsuits Raise Painful Questions About Adults Who Were Killed

By Michael P. McKeon |

Do some of the adult victims of the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School bear responsibility for the deaths of the children slain during the attack? That is the troubling contention of a lawsuit that was initiated by the estates of two children on the second anniversary of the attack that killed 26 people at the Newtown school.

Editorial: Courts Shouldn't Tolerate Lies by Police Officers

The Connecticut Supreme Court ended 2014 by laying an ostrich-sized egg when it decided to put Officer Justin Loschiavo back to work in the Stratford Police Department.

Law Tribune Reveals Personal Injury Hall of Fame Winners

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce its second annual Personal Injury Hall of Fame Awards.

Court System Says It Can Cut Budget Without Layoffs

By Jay Stapleton |

In what has become a recurring ritual, the state's court system has been called upon to give money back from its operating budget.

Second Conn. Boarding School Faces Sex Abuse Lawsuit

By Paul Sussman |

Another northwest Connecticut private school has been hit with a federal lawsuit, with the plaintiff claiming he was fondled and raped by a teacher and sexually assaulted by multiple students in the mid-1980s.


Norm Pattis: The Courts, Health Care and Individual Liberties

By Norm Pattis |

It is perhaps too much to assert that Hartford attorney Dan Klau plays a role roughly akin to conscience in my life, but he does try to correct the error of my ways. Thus, his emails recently tweaking me for writing in opposition to the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling requiring Cassandra C. to undergo chemotherapy to treat her Hodgkin lymphoma.

YouTube Rant Can't Help Developer Win Court Case

By Jay Stapleton |

A developer's plan to build housing for Connecticut-based members of the U.S. Coast Guard was shot down by land use officials in Guilford over concerns about traffic and safety on local roads. But before going to federal court on claims his constitutional rights were violated, the developer grabbed a video camera.

Yale Law Clinic Accuses Military Academies of Gender Discrimination

By Paul Sussman |

For several years now, the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School has been advocating for women in the military, charging in a report filed back in November 2013, for example, that the Veterans Administration was discriminating against military sexual assault survivors.

Malloy Wants More Lenient Sentences for Nonviolent Offenders

By Associated Press |

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has unveiled a series of legislative proposals aimed at giving nonviolent criminal offenders a second chance, including the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.


Gideon: We Need a Better Way to Define 'Reasonable Doubt'

By Gideon |

"Truth is a matter of semantics, whether we like it or not," writes Michael Robotham in his novel "Suspect." What he has done in that sentence, perhaps unknowingly, is describe in a nutshell the modern American criminal justice system.

Hartford-based Golf Network Faced With Multiple Lawsuits

By Christian Nolan |

The Hartford-based Back9Network is a new golf lifestyle television network available on DIRECTV. It is the second 24/7 golf network designed to give the Golf Channel some competition.

Fatal Crash Involving School Bus Results in $1.23 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

The estate of a man who was killed when his motorcycle collided with a school bus has settled a lawsuit with the bus driver's employer for $1,225,000.

Conn. Trumpets Role in $1.38 Billion Securities Rating Settlement

By Jay Stapleton |

In 2010, during the depths of the financial crisis, then-Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed a lawsuit against securities- and bond-rating company Standard & Poor's, accusing it of inflating ratings of risky, mortgage-backed investments whose collapse helped trigger the Wall Street meltdown.

Michael Koskoff and Kathleen Nastri

Law Firm Says It Was Justified in Keeping 28 Percent of Med-Mal Settlement

By Thomas Scheffey |

New details have emerged in a legal malpractice case brought by a brain-damaged boy and his parents who are suing two respected Connecticut law firms for allegedly defrauding them of millions of dollars.

Legislature Confirms Judicial Nominee Who Was Opposed by NRA

By Associated Press |

The Connecticut House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to confirm a Superior Court nominee who was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other groups because she supported a gun control bill approved in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.